Cross-boundary passenger traffic estimation and arrangements for Ching Ming and Easter festive period

     The Immigration Department (ImmD) estimates that around 9.03 million passengers (including Hong Kong residents and visitors) will pass through Hong Kong's sea, land and air control points during the upcoming Ching Ming and Easter festive period (from April 1 to 10). Among them, about 83.5 per cent, or around 7.54 million passengers, will pass through land boundary control points. The number of outbound passengers and inbound passengers using land boundary control points will be relatively higher on April 7 (Friday) and April 10 (Monday), with around 522 000 passengers and 519 000 passengers respectively.

     The ImmD estimates that Lo Wu will be the busiest control point, and there will be around 2.2 million passengers, with a daily average of about 220 000 passengers, travelling via this control point during the festive period. Also, the passenger traffic at the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Control Point will also be heavy, with a daily average forecast of about 147 000 and 138 000 passengers respectively.

     To cope with the anticipated heavy traffic during the festive period, the ImmD has minimised leave for frontline officers for flexible deployment and operation of extra clearance counters and kiosks. Additional security guards will also be deployed to provide crowd management support.

     Furthermore, the ImmD, the Police, the Customs and Excise Department and the MTR Corporation Limited will set up a joint command centre at Lo Wu Control Point to make necessary arrangements. The ImmD will also establish close communication with the Mainland frontier inspection authorities. To ensure smooth passenger traffic flow, passenger conditions will be closely monitored and appropriate traffic diversion plans will be adopted when necessary.

     To avoid congestion and a longer than usual waiting time for immigration clearance, the ImmD advises all land boundary passengers to plan in advance, avoid making their journeys during busy periods and keep track of radio and TV broadcasts on traffic conditions at various control points. The expected busy times at boundary control points are available on the website of the ImmD at Furthermore, passengers may also check the estimated waiting times at all land boundary control points at any time or place via the Immigration Mobile Application (ImmD Mobile App). They can then plan their trips effectively and save time queuing at control points. The ImmD Mobile App can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store (supports iOS version 11.0 or above), Google Play (supports Android version 8.0 or above) and Huawei AppGallery (supports Android version 8.0 or above). The links for downloading can also be found on the ImmD website, In addition, information on public transport services to and from various control points is available on the Transport Department website at

     The ImmD will upload daily passenger statistics for the above festive period to its website at for public reference.

     For travellers making journeys to the Mainland, the ImmD reminds them to carry their proof of identity and valid travel documents for crossing the boundary. Hong Kong residents should also check the validity of their Home Visit Permits. Non-permanent residents must carry their valid smart identity card as well as their Document of Identity for Visa Purposes or valid travel document.

     Holders of the acknowledgement receipt issued due to reported loss or replacement of their Hong Kong identity cards, or children under 11 years old who hold Hong Kong identity cards, should carry a valid travel document or Re-entry Permit.

     About 700 e-Channels have been installed at various control points. Hong Kong residents enrolled for the Express e-Channel should re-enrol if they have been issued with a new identity card. Furthermore, the Contactless e-Channel service is available at all control points now. All eligible Hong Kong residents, after enrolment, can generate an encrypted QR code through the Contactless e-Channel mobile application to enter the e-Channel, and then verify their identity with the facial verification technology for automated immigration clearance.

     In addition, all control points have introduced a self-service departure process for visitors to Hong Kong (Smart Departure) which provides greater travel convenience for visitors. The service employs facial recognition technology for identity verification, which allows eligible visitors holding electronic travel documents to perform self-service departure clearance through Smart Departure e-Channels without prior enrolment.

     Hong Kong residents who require assistance while travelling outside Hong Kong may call the 24-hour hotline of the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit of the ImmD at (852) 1868.

Ends/Thursday, March 30, 2023
Issued at HKT 12:10